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Bangladesh has become a dangerous place for anyone who dares to cross an invisible line set by Islamic extremists intent on silencing dissenting voices with knives and guns.

In the last two years, at least eight atheists and gay rights campaigners have been killed in attacks in the majority Muslim country.

CNN approached three bloggers who know their lives are at risk to ask what they wanted the world to know.

For their own safety, we didn’t want to identify them. However, at their insistence, CNN has agreed to put their names to their words because, as one said, not doing so “will boost extremists’ morale.”

They will attack us more, believing they have achieved something and forced us to hide our names (and that) if they continue killing, they can stop our writings completely.”

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Words in custody but killers are free.…  Seguir leyendo »

Activists of the global civic movement Avaaz dressed as Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi and Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, right, demonstrate in front of the military airport of Tegel Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 7, 2015. (Gero Breloer/Ap Images For Avaaz)

On June 17, 2012, my husband, Raif Badawi, the father of my three children and my best friend, was arrested in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. For nearly three years, as he has languished in prison, my family has been trapped in a nightmare.

Raif is a man of principle and a respected activist in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he started a blog where readers could openly discuss politics, religion and other social issues. But in Saudi Arabia, one can pay an unthinkable price simply for blogging. Raif was convicted of insulting Islam and violating the kingdom’s repressive information-technology laws.

Then this January, in a show of cruelty, the authorities lashed Raif 50 times.…  Seguir leyendo »

A frequent topic of conversation among my friends here has been: Who will be arrested next?

Some of us met recently for dinner and started a list of potential candidates. We included outspoken scholars, writers and lawyers who have discussed democracy and freedom, criticized the government and spoken out for the disadvantaged.

Some of my dinner companions nominated themselves for the list. We agreed that the social critic Xiao Shu (the pen name of Chen Min) and Guo Yushan, a friend of the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (now in the United States), should top the list. I’m right behind them.

Almost of all of us are active microbloggers.…  Seguir leyendo »

Khaled Said is not the first Egyptian whom police allegedly beat to death. But his death has sparked a virtual revolution that is affecting Egypt’s tightly controlled society.

Said, a 28-year-old Egyptian businessman, was brutally beaten, his family and activists say, by two plainclothes police officers on June 6. An Interior Ministry autopsy claimed that Said suffocated after swallowing a bag of drugs he tried to hide from police. But a photograph of a shattered body that his family confirmed was his started circulating online. Teeth missing, lip torn, jaw broken and blood pouring from his head: It was difficult to square such trauma with suffocation.…  Seguir leyendo »

Era el título de uno de los libros de Violeta Quevedo, seudónimo que ocultaba a dos hermanas escribidoras, ingenuas, en cierto modo ajenas a este mundo, pero buenas observadoras de la realidad chilena de los años cincuenta y sesenta. Me parece recordarlas, delgadas, huesudas, de boinas y calcetines de lana gruesa, llenando modestas papeletas de depósito en las oficinas de un banco del centro de Santiago. “Violeta por lo humilde, declaró una de ellas a la prensa de la época, Quevedo por lo que veo…”. Recordé a las hermanas inefables después de leer Cuba Libre, la recopilación de los últimos tres años de la cubana Yoani Sánchez, quien, desde luego, no tiene nada de ingenua, y quizás tampoco sea humilde, pero es una formidable, aguda observadora de la Cuba de estos días.…  Seguir leyendo »

Han Han is a 28-year-old bestselling author, racing driver and blogger who is a star of Chinese cyberspace. He is also one of the most outspoken critics of government censorship, and his blogposts are often deleted by censors. Nevertheless, his main blog has over 300m hits. In an online poll Han Han ran recently on his blog about a corrupt official, 210,000 people voted. Yet it is not just Han Han’s words that are so influential, but the internet technologies – searches, file-sharing, RSS, blogging, microblogging, image and video-sharing, social networking, etc – that allow them to spread freely, despite government censorship.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hace unos días, recibí la visita del bloguero Pat, cuya página web figura al parecer entre las más consultadas de España. Había leído en la prensa que escribo mis paparruchas con un bolígrafo de un euro. ¿Es cierto, preguntó, o se trata de una invención del periodista? Desdichadamente, le dije, es la pura verdad.

Su rostro expresó al punto una mezcla de asombro y de conmiseración: ¿cómo se las arregla usted para enviar sus manuscritos a los editores y al diario en el que colabora? Le expliqué que, según las circunstancias, recurría a la preciosa ayuda de dos o tres amigos internautas, visitantes asiduos de la ciudad en la que vivo o residentes en ella, y si no tenía a nadie a mano, dictaba el texto de mí colaboración por teléfono, me lo devolvían del periódico por fax y corregía de nuevo por teléfono las posibles erratas o faltas.…  Seguir leyendo »

Una comunidad de blogueros, tan vibrante como entusiasta, está abriendo un nuevo espacio para que los ciudadanos cubanos expresen ideas y opiniones, en general ignoradas por la prensa oficial, mientras establecen vínculos cada vez más estrechos con la comunidad internacional, desafiando así el cerrojo a la libertad de expresión que domina al socialismo cubano.

La tarea de los blogueros no es sencilla: afrontan, a diario, numerosos obstáculos legales, técnicos y económicos. Cuba tiene el índice de acceso a Internet más bajo de todo el hemisferio occidental. Según las estadísticas oficiales, sólo un 13% de la población tiene acceso a la web, una cifra que, a juzgar por expertos, es demasiada abultada.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Tom Parker, the executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 30/09/07):

Americans might be forgiven for thinking they have heard everything there is to say about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University, but the story occupied Iranian bloggers at least as much as it dominated the American news cycle. Although Iranian authorities have introduced laws requiring citizens to register their blogs and Web sites with the government, Persian is the 10th most widely used language on blogs worldwide, according to Technorati, the blog-tracking service.

Despite official harassment and intimidation, Iranian blogs remain a vibrant source of debate and provide a valuable insight into popular opinion inside the country.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Antonio Elorza, catedrático de Ciencia Política (EL PAÍS, 20/07/07):

El debate protagonizado por John F. Kennedy y Richard Nixon en las elecciones presidenciales norteamericanas de 1959 suele ser citado como ejemplo de la primera vez en que la televisión interviene de modo decisivo a la hora de determinar un resultado político. Lo cierto es que sólo unos meses antes, el 16 de julio, ese genio de la comunicación que es Fidel Castro había dado ya el aldabonazo de convertir la televisión en palanca de poder, nada menos que ejecutando un golpe de Estado desde la pantalla, con el efecto inmediato de provocar la deposición del presidente Urrutia.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Jonathan Freedland (THE GUARDIAN, 10/04/07):

So you’re at a public meeting on, say, the war in Iraq and the main speaker has just sat down. Someone in the audience rises to declare the speaker is talking crap, but that’s typical of him because he knows nothing and it’s a scandal that he’s paid for the rubbish he turns out. A second man agrees that the speech was trash, but tells the first man he should crawl back under his stone because he never says anything worth listening to. A third man wonders why the speaker didn’t mention Israel, especially given his Zionist-sounding last name.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por José Luis Oriuela, profesor en la Universidad de Navarra y autor del blog eCuaderno (LA VANGUARDIA, 29/10/06):

Los weblogs son sitios web autogestionados por sus propios autores, compuestos por entradas individuales llamadas anotaciones o historias que se organizan en la página siguiendo una cronología inversa. Las herramientas de gestión de blogs asignan de forma automatizada a cada entrada su fecha y hora de publicación, así como una dirección URL permanente que facilita las referencias y enlaces externos. La mayor parte de los blogs permite a los lectores comentar cada anotación y, de forma creciente, compartirla con otros usuarios de la red a través del correo electrónico, de los servicios de marcadores sociales (del.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Ben Macintyre (THE TIMES, 20/10/06):

THE ARMY OF BLOGGERS came in their thousands. They came to muse, complain, laugh, observe and, above all, to record their lives. They came, at the invitation of the National Trust, to document what happened (or did not happen) to them on October 17, 2006, a single, arbitrary day in the nation’s existence. Some entries were fascinating; the majority were fascinatingly dull. A few bloggers were famous, but most were not. This is autobiography as DIY, all-encompassing CCTV in words.

The One Day in History experiment demonstrated that for all our concerns about educational standards, this is a profoundly literate culture; it proved that the British really do regard tea-drinking as a form of life-punctuation, each cup worth recording for posterity; and it proved that we still believe ordinary life can be spiced up by multiple exclamation marks!!!!…  Seguir leyendo »

By Robert J. Samuelson (THE WASHINGTON POST, 20/09/06):

Call it the ExhibitioNet. It turns out that the Internet has unleashed the greatest outburst of mass exhibitionism in human history. Everyone may not be entitled, as Andy Warhol once suggested, to 15 minutes of fame. But everyone is entitled to strive for 15 minutes — or 30, 90 or much more. We have blogs, “social networking” sites (MySpace.com, Facebook), YouTube and all their rivals. Everything about these sites is a scream for attention. Look at me. Listen to me. Laugh with me — or at me.

This is no longer fringe behavior.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Bernard Haykel, an associate professor of Islamic studies at New York University, is the author of ’’Revival and Reform in Islam.’’ and Saud al-Sarhan, a Saudi Arabia-based analyst of Islamist groups (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 12/09/06):

NEARLY every organ of the American news media marked the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 yesterday. But the Web sites affiliated with many of militant jihadism’s top thinkers, including Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi and Sulayman al-Alwan, remained silent. That shouldn’t surprise us: the Salafi strain of Islam, to which most jihadis subscribe, prohibits commemorating anniversaries.

Celebrations other than the holidays of Id al-Fitr and Id al-Adha are considered reprehensible adaptations of non-Muslim ways.…  Seguir leyendo »

By E. J. Dionne Jr. (THE WASHINGTON POST, 04/04/06):

When old regulations meet new technologies, there is bound to be confusion.

Last month the Federal Election Commission issued a rule regulating political activity on the Internet. To see how the new rule was reported, I fired up one of my favorite search engines, and what did I find?

One headline summarized the new rule as follows: “Proposed FEC Rules Would Exempt Most Political Activity on Internet.” Another headline read: “FEC Rules Would Regulate Paid Internet Ads.”

So which is it, more regulation or less? The best headline summarizing the controversy appeared over an article by Dave Helling in the Kansas City Star: “Oh, what a tangled Web we weave.” Indeed.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Arianna Huffington, a US nationally syndicated columnist, author of 10 books and co-founder and editor of the HuffingtonPost.es (THE GUARDIAN, 14/03/06):

I am frequently asked if the rise of the blogosphere is the death knell for Big Media. My answer is that Big Media isn’t dead; it’s critically ill but will actually be saved by the transfusion of passion and immediacy of the blogging revolution. Blogging and the new media are transforming the way news and information are disseminated, as evidenced by the number of traditional media outlets, like this one, dipping their collective toe into the blog pond.…  Seguir leyendo »